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Bauchi 2023: Senator Jika emerges NNPP gubernatorial candidate

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By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi

Determined to field a gubernatorial candidate for the 2023 General elections in Bauchi state, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has elected the Senator representing Bauchi Central, Sen Haliru Dauda Jika, as its gubernatorial candidate. 

The election was conducted by members of the NNPP from across the state through a voice vote held in Bauchi by the 630 delegates that were accredited for the exercise. 

Haliru Jika emerged unopposed following the voluntary withdrawal of Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim, who was initially elected as the governorship candidate of the party during the last primaries.

Chairman of the election, Yusuf Kofar-Mata, said that they were sent by the National Headquarters of the party to come to Bauchi and conduct the election.

According to him, “Following the receipt of the letter of withdrawal of Yusuf Ibrahim from the race, and since Sen. Haliru Jika is now the only aspirant in the race, I hereby, affirm him as the gubernatorial candidate of the NNPP in Bauchi State” . 

He added that, “We have 630 delegates here with us who have also affirmed and adopted Haliru Jika as gubernatorial candidate” .

“I want to appreciate the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission for their presence to observe all that we have done here today,” he said.

Speaking after his affirmation, Haliru Jika, a former member of the House of Representatives and former Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, expressed gratitude to the delegates and the NNPP for the honour done to him by giving him the opportunity to fly the party’s flag in the forthcoming election.

He expressed appreciation to the INEC officials for witnessing the whole process.

The candidate also said that the exercise was in line with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and the provisions of the electoral act which was recently amended by the National Assembly and subsequently accented to by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to him, “It is in compliance with the document that we have come here as a party to do the affirmation and the substitution” .

He stressed that, “What is about to happen in Bauchi is what we have laid the foundation for today, it is a revolution, a generational change, agitation for youths and women, that is about to take place” .

“You will agree with me that the youths and women are the backbone of any society and we are duty-bound to support them and mobilize them so that we can have good governance in Nigeria and in Bauchi state,” Haliru Jika further said. 

Speaking on his plans for the youths in Bauchi State, he said he had put the entire youths in the state in perspective, adding that he would soon come up with a blueprint that would address their plights.

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